It was an exciting qualifying session at the Shanghai track today. Come the end of the hour long grid deciding session, the two Mercedes locked out the front row, with Hamilton on pole in 1.35.782 and Rosberg second with a 1.35.824. Sebastian Vettel will start from the second row in his Ferrari, third fastest with a 1.36.687. Kimi Raikkonen is sixth, separated from his team-mate by the Williams duo of Massa and Bottas. []

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m35.782s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m35.824s 0.042s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m36.687s 0.905s
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m36.954s 1.172s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m37.143s 1.361s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.232s 1.450s
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m37.540s 1.758s
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m37.905s 2.123s
9 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.067s 2.285s
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.158s 2.376s
11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m38.134s
12 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m38.209s
13 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m38.393s
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m38.538s
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m39.290s
16 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m39.216s
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m39.276s
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m39.280s
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m42.091s
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m42.842s


From autosport.comKimi: “It is just how difficult it was in the first three corners in the last try,” said Raikkonen when explaining what had gone wrong. “I lost so much time in corner three basically that I was a bit surprised. The car had been behaving very well and in the last run it was not so easy there for some reason. The laptime was pretty much done there – you couldn’t catch up.”

Raikkonen was convinced that the change of wind direction had not been a factor. “Obviously it was different from yesterday but I don’t know what happened. I got a loose car and lost an awful lot of time from that corner to the next corner. Maybe it is my fault. Maybe it just happened. But it is disappointing anyhow. It is not a complete disaster, but it seems to become a habit. I would rather get rid of it. For the race we have a good car. It has been behaving well all weekend. Today was not ideal with the last set of tyres, but we will do our best for tomorrow and see where we end up.”

From – Kimi: “We have had a pretty okay weekend, but surprisingly enough on the last try something wasn’t correct. I’m not complaining that something wasn’t correct, but it was a shit lap in that one area and the reasons for it we don’t know. It’s disappointing for me and I’m disappointed in myself that it has ended up this way again because it makes it much more difficult to start in that position. Tomorrow is another day and we expect the car to be good in the race, but that doesn’t make life easy to start in that position.”

From Scuderia FerrariKimi:“I’m disappointed with the result, my car was behaving pretty well most of the time but in in my last run I was not able to put a good lap together. For some reason the handling of the car was different, more loose than in the previous laps and slippery on the rear especially in the first three corners. It’s a shame because in the previous sessions I had been satisfied with the behaviour. My starting position for the race tomorrow it’s not ideal , but I expect to have the same good car we’ve had so far. We’ll try to do our best and I’m sure that with a good start we can extract the best result out of the situation.”


Post-qualifying interview with Kimi


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